Across the UK, some of our oldest and most prestigious buildings lie on the campuses of our universities. Our rich heritage of university education dates back centuries and in many cases, the original buildings are still in use. Durham University, the University of Oxford, the University of Glasgow – all examples of existing universities that have buildings as old as the 19th century – or in some cases older – still being regularly used to teach the next generation of academics. Of course over the years, there have been many retrofitting projects undertaken to ensure that they are still safe for occupants and are suitable for students to either live... Read More
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The means by which we ventilate our schools is one of the defining factors in creating and maintaining standards of health and comfort that allow students to thrive. But how we set about designing and regulating ventilation systems to best achieve optimum levels has been a slow evolving process. Now, however, a change for the better seems to creeping over the horizon. The Department for Education (DfE) is currently in the process of updating the Building Bulleting 101 (BB101)[https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/building-bulletin-101-ventilation-for-school-buildings], which is being produced to fall in line with Education Funding Agency (EFA) Guideline Standards[https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/psbp-baseline-designs] – in particular its ‘Facilities Output Specification’ (FOS). The proposed new name will be ‘BB101 – Guidelines for ventilation, thermal... Read More
A recent report by Scape, a public sector owned built environment specialist, has estimated that as many as 1,600 new primary schools will need to be built by 2024 in order to accommodate Britain’s rising young population. In fact, even by 2019, the report expects the amount of primary school pupils to rise from 4,376,000 to 4,658,000. London alone will require 2,600 extra 30-pupil classrooms by 2020. And all this in a country where parents already struggle to place their children into their ideal schools. It goes without saying, there is a lot of work to be done. But whilst it might seem daunting for the educational boards and contractors... Read More
For anyone who has completed an education course or been a mature student, it is hard for us grown adults – let alone schoolchildren - to concentrate in stuffy, humid environments. So when teachers are constantly battling with the sometimes short attention spans of their students anyway, lack of ventilation and poor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is another problem that they really don’t need. Studies have proven that a build-up of CO2 can result in poor concentration, lethargy, headaches, nausea, and has a significantly detrimental effect on attentiveness too. This means that the need for good IAQ is particularly crucial in order to keep students performing to the best of... Read More